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Which of the big three smart speakers should you buy?

Mashable

If you're confused about which smart speaker to invest in, I don't blame you. There have been quite a few to hit the scene in the last few months. It's highly likely, though, that you're stuck choosing between the big three: Apple's HomePod mini, Google's Nest Audio, and Amazon's Echo. All of which are competitively priced at $99. I know... that shared price point doesn't help make the decision any easier. But beyond pricing, there are a few other things to take into consideration when choosing which smart speaker is right for you, specifically design, audio quality, connected apps, and voice assistant capabilities.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and FinTech - FinTech Ranking

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The speed of technological change is exponential. What was yesterday's hot ticket quickly becomes tomorrow's old news. We are living in the midst of a huge surge of interest and research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). It seems like every week there is a new breakthrough in the field and a new record is set in some task previously done by humans. If you don't already know what IoT, AI, VR, AR, and bots mean, you better get up to speed immediately because these technologies are changing the way data is created, collected, interpreted, and communicated.


This Black Friday deal on Amazon's latest Echo speakers is too good to miss

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

These Amazon Echo speakers are on sale for a great discount. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. When it comes to smart tech, certain items--an app-controlled lock, for instance--can seem impossibly complicated, especially for beginners. An easy way to become acquainted with these life-changing innovations is with a great smart speaker: They make it easy to listen to your favorite tunes, check the weather and more--all via voice control. Even better, right now, for Black Friday 2020, you can get not one, but two exceptional Amazon Echo smart speakers on sale for a sweet discount.


The new Amazon Echo is already $30 off

Mashable

SAVE $30: Save on the all-new fourth generation Amazon Echo this Black Friday, and get it for only $69.99 starting on Nov. 22. Sometimes it just feels like you need an assistant. Daily life is as hectic as ever, between working from home and virtual learning, so a little assistance could be a lot of help. The all-new Amazon Echo is like your personal home assistant. It can help you manage your home, answer questions, keep track of your calendar, and play your favorite entertainment with simple voice commands. Just in time for the holidays, the fourth generation Echo is on sale for $30 off to help make home life easier.


The new Amazon Echo is already $30 off

Mashable

SAVE $30: Save on the all-new fourth generation Amazon Echo this Black Friday, and get it for only $69.99 as of Nov. 20. Sometimes it just feels like you need an assistant. Daily life is as hectic as ever, between working from home and virtual learning, so a little assistance could be a lot of help. The all-new Amazon Echo is like your personal home assistant. It can help you manage your home, answer questions, keep track of your calendar, and play your favorite entertainment with simple voice commands. Just in time for the holidays, the fourth generation Echo is on sale for $30 off to help make home life easier.


The brand-new Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers are already on sale--here's how to save

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The all-new Echo just got a price cut. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. There's no better entry-point into the wide world of smart homes than a smart speaker--and Amazon has a few brand-new models to shop with its all-new Echo and Echo Dot 4th generation speakers. Both devices are on sale when you add more than one of each to your cart. While supplies last, you can get two Amazon Echo 4th gens, $99.99 each, to your cart and enter coupon code ECHO2PK at checkout to save $30, dropping your subtotal for both from $199.98 to $169.98.


Smart tablecloth can suggest recipes by identifying ingredients

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have developed a low-cost'smart tablecloth' that can suggest recipes for dinner by identifying ingredients placed on top of it. When hooked up to a smart speaker like Amazon Echo, the'Capacitivo' tablecloth, which is layered with diamond-shaped electrodes, can relay recipe steps to the user. The technology, which has been developed by Microsoft and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, has been trained with a machine learning system to recognise objects. Scientists say the device successfully identified 20 items in lab trials, including an avocado, a kiwi and a grapefruit, as well as household and office items like an Apple AirPods case and a bottle of hand sanitiser. Capacitivo can even alert users if a plant resting on it needs to be watered, by sensing the amount of moisture in its soil.


Five Trends for Voice Assistants in 2020s

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Voice assistants are becoming an essential part of our daily lives. When Apple's Siri hit markets in 2011, it managed to gain an impressive attraction of tech enthusiasts, yet no one was certain about how this novelty shall bring a tech revolution. Today, we are regular users of Google Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and many more. Things took a turn when Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod went mainstream in 2017. All these instances converge on how voice assistants are proving themselves as a tech enabler with impressive possibilities. Not only in households, but they are also slowly proving to be useful in the business quarters too.


Clever uses for your Amazon Echo - and security steps you can't skip

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Amazon's Echo line is the reigning champ of the smart speaker world. Compared to virtual assistants like Google and Siri, Alexa works with far more gadgets and responds to significantly more commands than the competition. Plus, Echo devices are pretty inexpensive, starting around $25 for the Flex and $30 for the Dot when you catch it on sale. I bought six of these Echo Shows for Christmas presents. They have a nice screen, so all the kids and grandkids can pop in and say hello to my Mom whenever they want.


The Morning After: Amazon Echo (2020) review

Engadget

The smart speaker that got things started is back, and it looks a little different now. Nathan Ingraham reviewed the new spherical Amazon Echo, and the good news is that no matter what you think of its looks, it sounds better than ever. Adding an extra tweeter -- not to mention the built-in Zigbee home hub -- seems to have made all the difference. That odd shape does mean its indicator light is a bit hidden, but when the sound is good enough that buying two to create a stereo setup seems like a reasonable option, maybe we can get over it… maybe. Garmin is offering Twitch broadcasters and other game streamers a way to layer their heart rate and other metrics into their streams, with an Esports Edition of its Instinct GPS smartwatch.